Joyce Z. Kruse

Funeral - femaleJoyce Z. Kruse, age 79 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Faith Lutheran memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday September 28, 2013 at United Methodist Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Tim Nappe officiating. Private family committal service will take place prior to the memorial service in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday September 27th, 2013 from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, IA.

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Robert Harold Truckenmiller

Robert Harold Truckenmiller, age 69, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. There will be no burial at this time. Robert’s body was cremated.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 26 from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Memorials will be given to Osceola Community Hospice and The Myeloma

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The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Robert Harold Truckenmiller.

Mrs. Jean Van Zanten

Mrs. Jean Van Zanten, age 96, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, September 26, at 10:00am, at the First Reformed Church Chapel in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Anna Jean was born on June 16, 1917, in rural Orange City, near Carnes, the daughter of Theodore “Ted” and Arta (Reekers) Heemstra. When she was six years old, her family moved to a farm by Middleburg. Later they moved to a farm at Alton, where she graduated from high school. She held various occupations, including secretary to Cornelius Vande Steeg, an attorney and mayor of Orange City.

On June 12, 1952, she married Richard William “Dick” Van Zanten in Orange City. They made their home in several communities, where he was a school teacher and later was employed by the United States government. In 1982, they moved to Sioux City, and they retired to Orange City in 1989. He passed away on February 17, 1995, in Orange City, after more than 42 years of marriage.

On July 9 of this year, Jean became a resident of the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the Mary-Martha Circle. She enjoyed singing as a soloist and was a member of women’s choruses. She also liked cooking and baking.

Survivors include her three children, Robert Van Zanten, of Orange City; Debra, and her husband, Michael Cleary, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, and Donald Van Zanten, and his wife, Kristin, of Sioux City; four grandchildren, Sunshine, and her husband, Brian John, of McMinville, Oregon, Dustin Gnewuch, and his wife, Jamie, of Birch Bay, Washington, Shantel Gnewuch, of Seattle, Washington, and Michael Van Zanten, of Ames; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Elynor, and her husband, Jack Vander Wilt, of Orange City, Audrey Landegent, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Carole, and her husband, Don Kempema, of Grandville, Michigan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Merlyn and Audrey Heemstra; and a brother-in-law, John Landegent.

Charlotte M. Brower

Charlotte M. Brower, age 66 of Rock Rapids, IA died unexpectedly on September 22, 2013 at the Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 26th at Faith Baptist Church in Rock Rapids, IA with Rev. Jeff Poppinga, officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 25th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Faith Baptist Church of Rock Rapids.

Charlotte Marie Brower was born September 9, 1947 in Pipestone, MN, the daughter of C. Kenneth and Dorothy M. (Petersen) Sibson. She was raised in rural Hardwick, MN and attended grade school in Hardwick. She graduated from Edgerton High School in 1965. She continued her education in Rapid City and Mitchell, SD.

Charlotte was united in marriage to Terry Brower on October 14, 1977 at United Methodist Church in Luverne, MN. They made their home in Rock Rapids, IA. Charlotte worked for Tri-State Insurance Company and was currently employed at Berkley Technology Services as a Sr. Business Analyst, where she worked for the last 43 years.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Rock Rapids. Being involved in card club for many years; Charlotte and Terry enjoyed playing Double Deck Pinochle. She also enjoyed reading, collecting genealogy, playing dominos and card games. She loved preparing meals for big groups; most of all taking care of people. In 2008, Charlotte was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though she experienced several health complications throughout her life, she remained positive and continued to live a purpose filled life. She will be remembered as a quiet servant with a heart of gold.

This past Sunday, September 22, 2013, Charlotte died at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA, at the age of 66.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Terry Brower of Rock Rapids, IA; her daughter, Mary (husband, Dan) Schram of Orange City, IA; a sister, Mary Bechler of George, IA; a brother, Harold (wife, Tanya) Baustian of Flat, TX; two sisters-in-law, Janyce A. Baustian of Hardwick, MN and Eunice Sibson of Buckeye, AZ; and nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C. Kenneth and Dorothy M. Sibson; three brothers, Robert “Bob” Sibson, Howard Baustian, and Harley Baustian; and brother-in-law, Bill Bechler.


Lyla Balliet

LylaLyla Balliet, age 92 of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, IA on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hartley.

Visitation will be at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley on Wednesday, September 25th from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.  Burial will be held at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 92 year-old Lyla Balliet of Hartley, IA.

Grace Neubauer

Grace Neubauer, age 90 of Little Rock, IA died on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 21st at the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA, with Reverend Michael Weaver officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 21st one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Little Rock is in charge of services.